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Happy Tail: Win a few. Lose a few

Another year without a Triple Crown Winner. In life and in horse racing, you win some and lose some. Peg Schaeffer has experienced wins she was embarrassed to acknowledge and heartbreaks when she deserved to win and didn't. Suggests California Chrome owner Steve Colbun has been sore loser. At Sugarfoot, past win has been mostly wins.
The next earlier Happy Tail: After many sad moments, Month of May ending well Posted May 25, 2014.

By Peg Schaeffer

Sadly another year goes by without a Triple Crown Winner. California Chrome lost his bid by finishing in a dead heat for fourth. He had a good run. Sadly another horse had a better run. Co-owner Steve Colburn was a sore loser. He started saying they should change the rules. If you didn't run in the Derby and the Preakness you shouldn't run in the Belmont Stakes.

Maybe he's right - but the bottom line is his horse lost this time. He has no reason to be so bitter. He has a horse that won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness - he should be proud. Winning went to his head. Trainer, Art Sherman, when asked for his opinion on the upcoming race wished everyone a safe ride. He's been around horses long enough to know - sometimes you get the bear - sometimes the bear gets you; sometimes you get the elevator - sometimes you get the shaft. It's a fact of life.

'I've been in classes where I should have won and I didn't even get pinned.'

Throughout my horse show life I've learned that the hard way. I've been in classes where I should have won and I didn't even get pinned. There are other times when my horse performed badly and we won first. I was so embarrassed to ride up to get the blue ribbon. But it evens out. Win a few, lose a few. Any competitor worth his salt knows that. That's what makes them successful.

This has been a week of wins

This week has been a week of wins. Macho has been found. Terry and Mary Porter and their grandson, Tim had adopted Macho. They had him for 10 minutes and he broke through the screen door and escaped. I went to their house twice searching for Macho hoping he'd hear my voice and come to me. The second day I went he was sitting at the bottom of their driveway. I have a different truck so when he saw it he ran away. I walked for hours calling him and talking to neighbors. They all said they had seen him and he went this way and he went that way but I never found him. I talked to Mary and Terry and they showed me a trap they had built to catch Macho. They built a small chain link fence and tied a rope to the gate. They then put a sensor by the gate that would sound in the house if anything passed it. In the far corner of the pen they put a bowl of food. Tim had rope tied to the gate. If Macho passed the sensor it would sound in the house and then Tim could pull the rope to shut the gate. Seemed like a good idea to me.

Macho was captured, but escaped, then found again

Sunday morning Mary called to tell me they had caught Macho in the trap. While she was talking to me he escaped. The next day she called to say that Terry had gone out in the woods with some left overs and had coaxed Macho to come to him. They gave him a bath and kept him on a leash for a few days. Now he knows he has a new and loving home. She told me he helps corral their pony when he escapes and has discovered the lake and goes swimming. He's starting to settle in to his new home.

Champ is now back home

The owner of Champ, a Beagle/Lab mix that had been adopted called me to say that Champ had been lost. He was so distraught over the loss of his dog. He told me that he didn't think he could ever get another dog if he didn't find Champ because he loved me so much. About a week after Champ was lost I was contacted by a woman who had a dog she could no longer keep. I asked her for a description and where she had found it. It matched the description of Champ and she had found it at Walmart. Champ's owner lived in the area of Walmart. So I called Champ's owners and gave them her number. They called back to say Champ was now home.

In September, 2013 I found a senior chocolate Lab and a Jack Russell Terrier that had been dumped in the road in front of my house. We named the Lab, Mickey, and we named the Jack Russell, Cracker. I never posted Mickey for adoption because he was so old and skinny and most people don't want senior dogs. I posted Cracker, who has the cutest under bite, and he was adopted twice. He came back because both owners said he was so sad. Cracker has a girlfriend, Gracie, and I guess he missed her.

Jack Russell and Chocolate Lab back home in Virginia

This week I got a message from a woman in Norfolk, VA asking if I had a chocolate Lab and a Jack Russell Terrier with an under bite. She said a family member had dropped them off somewhere in September and she didn't know where. I was happy to tell her that they are with us. She said the chocolate Lab, who we call Buck, is named Bogus. Bogus was the family dog and was 10 years old when we found him. The Jack Russell, who we call Cracker, is named Odie and belonged to her sister, I am so happy that after 9 months time we have found their owner.

Bargains at the Rt. 68 yard sale

This week I have gone to the Rt. 68 Yard Sale on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Thursday I made a great find. There was a person who had 2 Pet Carriers for 50 cents each. They were in great shape. She also had dog collars, leashes and toys. I bought everything. My total cost was $5.70.

When I got home I put the collars and leashes on the counter and gave the dogs the toys. Then I went to feed the horses. When I came back into the house I was devastated. The dogs took the collars and leashes off the counter. The collars had the buckles chewed off and the leashes were chewed in half. The toys? They were all in one piece, scattered throughout the house.

This is when I break down and ask myself - why do I do this? But you know what? Win a few, lose a few. We've had happy endings this week and my cost for the collars and toys was less than $6. So I'm still ahead of the game and the dogs are happy. Who could ask for anything more? - Peg Schaeffer

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY 42728 Telephone: home 270-378-4521 or cell 270-634-4675 email:

This story was posted on 2014-06-08 07:54:36
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